Brady Quinn, who spoke out against Johnny Manziels Vegas dalliances last month, was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Jim Miller & Pat Kirwan today. The former Browns quarterback was asked about the recent video in which Manziel was holding up a stack of cash and pretending it was a phone:
“The thing I’m most worried about is what you’re saying off the field,” Quinn said. “Some people say you can work hard, play hard. But I think my biggest issue with it is when you’re drafted in the first round you’re the face of the franchise. When you’ve got a video that comes out like that — I understand he’s trying to have a good time live his life off the field — but there’s a little kid watching that. And now he’s looking up to him as a role model. For me, personally, I have a little bit of an issue with it. I don’t think that’s the way you want to conduct yourself.”
“If you’re asking Jimmy Haslam, is that really what you want the face of your franchise doing and having out there?” Quinn continued. “I don’t think it’s respectful to the other veteran players who are probably taking care of their bodies and prepare to go into a winning season instead of doing things like that off the field. I always revert back to Russell Wilson, only because he’s so young and he’s been so successful. You see all the time his good works, when he’s out there on camera or Twitter. He’s at a hospital with sick kids, giving them gifts, trying to brighten up their day. That’s the kind of role model I want for my franchise.”
As Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot points out, Manziel and the other Browns rookies actually spent today at the zoo with children who have disabilities; I still maintain that the greatest concern I’d have of Manziel, using Russell Wilson as a comparison, is not the off-field escapades, but injury risk on scrambles.
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